• Stylish classic watch design
  • Measures breathing, energy level, and stress
  • SpO2 sensor
  • Lots of useful widgets
  • Excellent companion app


  • No built-in GPS
  • Lacks a color display


Phone OS CompatibilityAndroid, iOS
Watch OSProprietary
Display Size1 inches
Display TypeGrayscale Touch Screen
Fitness FeaturesAccelerometer, Heart Rate Monitor
Estimated Battery Life4 days
Separate App StoreNo
Phone Call CapacityNo
CompatibilityAndroid, iOS
Heart Rate MonitorYes
Sleep TrackerYes
Battery Life4 days

The Lily is Garmin’s first model created especially for women and its smallest smartwatch or fitness tracker to date. It has a stylish, patterned face and a 14mm band, which is much slimmer than other smart watch straps and starts at $199.99. This allows you to wear it with other jewelry. The Lily is more than just a pretty face; it also keeps track of your exercises, blood oxygen saturation, calories burned, energy level, heart rate, respiration, sleep, steps, and stress levels. Additionally, it provides more standard wristwatch functionality like music controls, phone notifications, and other widgets. Although it is substantially less expensive than Garmin’s Vivoactive 4/4S, it does not have a color, always on display, or a number of other features.

Bigger Isn’t Always Better

Garmin offers two Lily models: a Sport version priced at $199.99 with an aluminum bezel and a silicone band, and a Classic model priced at $249.99 with a stainless steel bezel and an Italian leather band. According to the manufacturer, the Sport model was made to go with athleisure clothing and the Classic version was created to go well with business casual outfits.

The Classic style is available in gold with a white band, gold with a black band, or dark bronze with a band that matches.

The Sport model is available in midnight orchid (a purple hue) with a matching band, rose gold with a tan band, or gold with a white band. The 34mm case of the Lily is connected to its button free 14mm band by T-bar lugs, and a matching metal clasp completes the design.

The Lily can last up to five days on a charge according to Garmin, which is two days less than the Vivoactive 4. However, during testing, the Lily’s full battery ran out in about four days.

Stress, Workout, and Sleep Tracking

Garmin Lily

The Lily’s ability to recognize when you’re stressed and recommend a calming breathing exercise is one of the things I like about it. The Lily analyzes your heart rate variability, or the normal variation in time between each heartbeat, to determine when you’re under stress and at rest, just like the Vivoactive 4.

The Lily’s ability to recognize when you’re agitated and provide a calming breathing practice is one of the things I enjoy about it. The Lily examines your heart rate variability, or the normal change in time between each heartbeat, to tell when you’re under stress and at rest, just like the Vivoactive 4.


The Garmin Lily’s most appealing feature is its feminine look, but given its compact size and beginning price of $199.99, it also provides an astonishing array of health-related capabilities. It can assess your blood oxygen saturation level when you need it and while you sleep, keep an eye on your breathing and stress levels, monitor your heart rate round the clock, and send you notifications if your heart rate readings are particularly high or low. It also has a ton of helpful widgets that allow you to quickly view your fitness metrics, such as steps taken, calories burned, weekly intensity minutes, and your health stats.

Garmin Lily

The Lily is an excellent substitute for the Editors’ Choice Award-winning $349.99 Vivoactive 4, which features a similar fashionable design but more advanced fitness and smart watch features, such as a color touch screen, built in GPS, additional activity tracking options, preinstalled workouts with form animations, onboard music storage, and support for mobile payments. Depending on your feature priorities and aesthetic choices, the Fitbit Versa 3 in the sub $250 price range is also a viable option. It has a large color touch screen, built in GPS, more activity tracking options, Fitbit Pay, and support for Amazon Alexa.

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